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Bonnie Franklin played a single mother on the sitcom 'One Day at a Time'

Bonnie Franklin played mom Ann Romano on the TV show 'One Day at a Time.' Bonnie Franklin was a veteran stage and television performer before she took her breakout role on 'Day.'

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Bonnie Franklin played mother Ann Romano on 'One Day at a Time,' which first aired in 1975.

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Bonnie Franklin, the pert, redheaded actress whom millions came to identify with for her role as divorced mom Ann Romano on the long-running sitcom "One Day at a Time," has died.

Franklin was a veteran stage and television performer before "One Day At a Time" made her a star.

 

Developed by Norman Lear and co-created by Whitney Blake — herself a former sitcom star and single mother raising future actress Meredith Baxter — the series was groundbreaking for its focus on a young divorced mother seeking independence from a suffocating marriage.

It premiered on CBS in December 1975, just five years after the network had balked at having Mary Tyler Moore play a divorced woman on her own comedy series, insisting that newly single Mary Richards be portrayed as having ended her engagement instead.

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